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Alvin Sherman Library

Letter from the Editor

As we begin a yearlong celebration of our 10th anniversary, here are some facts that you may be interested to know about the Alvin Sherman Library.

1. The joint-use agreement between the Broward County Board of County Commissioners and Nova Southeastern University is one of the only agreements in the United States allowing the public to access the resources of a private university library.

2. Since the opening of our library, more than 74,000 individuals have registered for an Alvin Sherman Library card.

3. While we are not a branch of the Broward County Library system, we share borrowing and return policies. For example, you can check out a book at the Alvin Sherman Library and return it to any Broward County Library.

4. The Alvin Sherman Library houses 487 computers with Internet access. Need some fine tuning on your computer skills? Check out our free computer classes.

5. Nearly 1 million people have visited our library's main website:

6. The Alvin Sherman Library hosts visitors from 188 countries and territories.

7. We are open 100 hours a week including Sundays.

8. Our librarians are trained professionals with a Masters in Library Science (MLS). "Ask a Librarian" is one of our most frequently used services.

9. The public can access more than 300 electronic databases. 

10. Each month, the library is planning something special to continue the celebration of our 10th anniversary. If you'd like to keep connected throughout the year, come in and pick up a special edition 10th anniversary calendar.

10 year calendar

The Alvin Sherman Library will be closed on the following dates:
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Monday, January 2, 2012
Monday, January 16, 2012

On Display

Emma Lazarus Exhibit

The Emma Lazarus Voice of Liberty, Voice of Conscience traveling exhibition showcases the life of the woman who wrote the words in the poem "The New Colossus": "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." Explore our library guide for more information.


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Emma Lazarus Exhibit


Children and Tweens

Wednesdays, 10:30 am - 11:30 am (Ages 3 - 5 with caregiver)

Jan. 4 - Penguin Pals
Jan.11 - Policemen Are Community Helpers!
Jan. 18 - Celebrating America With Poems & Songs
Jan. 25 - Music

Family Literacy University
Learn how to encourage the development of the six skills your child needs to be ready to read.
Little Learners Open Lab

Explore the world online with kid-friendly sites recommended by librarians.

Little Minnows Storytime

Thursdays, 10:30 am - 11 am (Ages 6 - 36 months with caregiver)

Family Literacy University
Learn how to encourage the development of the six skills your child needs to be ready to read.

FerroClassical Music Concert for Kids with Instrument Petting Zoo
Saturday, January 28
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm (All Ages)

Renowned professional musicians will perform famous pieces of classical music followed by a petting zoo of instruments!
This program is made possible by a generous gift from the Charles P. Ferro Foundation.

Black History Month Resources for Kids
Sunday, January 29 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
(Ages 9 -14)

Get a jump start on your Black History Month research projects!
World Book Online representative, Erik Farley, will show you how to prepare a better school report by using the Library's Homework Helper electronic databases. Come prepared to learn the secrets of academic success!



Computer Classes

Computer Basics Class
Saturday, January 7, 11 am - 12:30 pm

Designed for the absolute beginner, learn how to use the mouse and keyboard, work with windows and establish an e-mail account. Register online or call 954-262-5477.

Create a Free Website
Tuesday, January 10, 1 pm - 3 pm

Learn how to create a free website using Google Sites.
Prerequisites: Google account and competence in using computer keyboard and mouse. Register online or call 954-262-5477.

Culture VulturesCulture Vultures Presents:
The Secret Life of a Baseball Writer
Sunday, January 8, 2 - 4 pm
2nd floor, Gallery

For Clark Spencer, sportswriter at The Miami Herald, it's not whether you win or lose, it's how you survive the game! From spring training to the World Series, follow the man who has followed the Florida Marlins since 1999.

Lunch and Learn Series

Thursdays at Noon - Bring your lunch
January 12 Who Was Emma Lazarus?

Learn about the life and times of Emma Lazarus, poet, essayist, reformer and Zionist.

January 26 Mother of Exiles: The Statue of Liberty

Professor Tim Dixon of Farquhar College, NSU, will give a talk on the history of the Statue of Liberty.

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Booktalk - Andrea NugentAndrea Nugent
Saturday, January 14,
2 pm - 3 pm

Join us as Author Andrea Nugent talks about her new children's book, Mommy is Still Mommy: Cancer Can't Change That.
Andrea Nugent is a single mother, and both an epilepsy and breast cancer survivor. An alumna of Nova Southeastern University, Andrea received her Master's in Business Administration.

Dog Smarts
Sunday, January 15, 2 pm - 3 pm

dogJanuary is Train Your Dog Month! Learn how to raise a healthy, well behaved canine family member. Solutions to common behavior issues and how to avoid forming those behaviors
will be presented by Dawn Hanna, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer.
PLEASE NOTE: This seminar is for people only. Please leave
pups at home.

Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch

Circle of Friends Author Luncheon with Sally Bedell Smith
Friday, January 20, 11 am - 2 pm

The Circle of Friends hosts a luncheon and book signing for Sally Bedell Smith, author of Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale.
The cost is $35 for Circle of Friends members and non-members.
For more information contact Joan Mcbean: 954-262-4627 or e-mail:

Chef Bil Cooks for Chinese New Year Chinese New Year
Saturday, January 21, 1 pm - 2 pm

Chef Bil welcomes the Chinese New Year with dishes to whet your palate. Chef Mitchell is the first promoted Apron's Resident Chef of Publix and teaches regularly at the Plantation Publix Apron's Cooking School. Register online or call 954-262-5477.


Emma Lazarus Poetry Workshop
Saturday, January 21, 3 pm - 5 pm

NSU Associate Lecturer Kate Ann Heidelbach discusses the work of poet Emma Lazarus including her famous sonnet 'The New Colossus', which is inscribed on the Statue of Liberty. Register online or call 954-262-5477.



Genealogy 101: Introduction to Genealogy Research
Tuesday, January 10, 1 pm - 2 pm

Genealogy is one of America's fastest growing hobbies. Families, individuals, the young and the old, can easily participate in constructing a family history. This class will provide basic information on the genealogical research materials available at the Alvin Sherman Library, as well as resources available online and in the immediate community.

Genealogy 101: Where Did They Live? Using Online Map Tools
Tuesday, January 17, 1 pm - 2 pm

An introductory overview to the benefits of using maps as tools for learning more about locating where your ancestors lived in the United States. Participants will learn how to navigate the Alvin Sherman Library’s Digital Sanborn Maps collection from ProQuest, Google Earth and Google Maps.

Navigating the World of Jewish Genealogy
Sunday, January 22, 1 pm - 3 pm

A presentation by Jeffrey Miller sponsored by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Broward County.



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